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Has the ‘rot of greed’ taken root in schools because of academy CEOs’ salaries?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘The proliferation of academy trust bosses earning large sums is evidence that the "rot of greed" has taken root in the education system, a union conference has been told.

    At the ATL-section conference of the NEU teaching union, delegates spoke about multi-academy trusts appointing chief executives without having any idea what job they would do, and people receiving promotion and pay rises thanks to opaque decisions taken by "tight-knit" groups of individuals.

    Robin Bevan, a teacher from Essex, Southend and Thurrock, gave the example of a MAT where an individual who served as head and chief executive had recently decided to step down.

    He said: "The advert was placed for a replacement headteacher and an advert was placed also for a CEO for that MAT. A job that once had been managed quite admirably by one individual…suddenly being replaced by two.”

    Mr Bevan said he asked the governors at the secondary school where the head had served "what exactly is the CEO going to do?"

    "To which came the answer, 'well we’re not entirely sure – we’ll see who applies and then work out how they’re going to lead the academy trust'.”’

    Is it time to regulate academy CEOs’ pay? Should the salaries be capped? Do we need more transparency and accountability in the system when it comes to hiring CEOs and their work?

  2. install

    install Star commenter

    It seems that some CEOs are also earning money in other jobs too. An open and fair approach might be for all CEOs/ HTs/ Exec HTs/ Ofsted inspectors / and Consultants to declare their overall earnings each year.

    Maybe, there needs to also be a rule that these well paid posts should also entail teaching challenging classes on a daily basis. And maybe also in knowing the names of their teachers and staff when they do meet them.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2018
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  3. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I think the rot of greed has taken root in society as a whole. And while there is so much inequality, genuine democracy is just a dream.
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  4. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Frankly, I would question the governance of a trust that answers like that.
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  5. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Sinecures, nepotism, asset stripping etc. All hall marks of the dark arts of big business. Never mind transparency, I think even just a little bit of translucency would reveal all manner of horrors. Set this against a recruitment and retention gap that is not narrowing and...looming crisis, or is it crises? The sacking of experienced staff adding to the problems. But......hey-ho CEOs so precious that according to this post they can write their own job spec. (and no doubt their own salary?) More like filling a bucket with holes. Academy chiefs, can't get enough of them!

    CEOs? They're another layer of non-doers that have slowly (stealthily) been smothering teaching and learning since the eighties. Here's a novelty idea: sack CEOs and give the money to put resources where they are needed - at class level - not in the pockets of these tax-payer funded freeloaders. Trouble is we don't how know much they are creaming of because of 'lack of transparency'.o_O

    All together now, 'There's a hole in my bucket, dear Damian, dear Damian,'.
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  6. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Yes please!:D:D
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